Robotics is not new to the metal fabrication industry. It made sense to utilize robots for jobs that were potentially too dangerous for human workers, but they were massive and required their own working environments.
Fremont, CA: Since we first began smelting bronze in clay furnaces centuries ago, the metal fabrication industry has evolved. We are still honing our skills and learning how to make the best use of the resources at our disposal. Here are some promising trends and technologies that are improving the metal fabrication industry as we approach the end of 2022
Leveraging Collaborative Robotics
Robotics is not new to the metal fabrication industry. It made sense to utilize robots for jobs that were potentially too dangerous for human workers, but they were massive and required their own working environments. Today, robotics technology has advanced to the point where these devices can safely complete tasks alongside team members.
These collaborative robots, also known as cobots, are ideal for dangerous or time-consuming tasks. They could also help to alleviate the industry's 290,000-person labor shortage. This is being exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is causing even more people to lose their jobs. Cobots are still in their infancy in the metal fabrication industry, but they are quickly filling a critical gap.
New technology is gradually supplanting metal fabrication as a whole, necessitating increased cybersecurity to ensure network security. According to a survey, between 2017 and 2018, 88 percent of manufacturing executives reported at least one cyber incident in the previous 12 months.
This could include an attack, data theft, or some other type of cyber threat. Manufacturing was named one of the most frequently hacked industries in the world by IBM in 2018. These occurrences jeopardize business and client information, so cybersecurity is one tech trend that will need to be at the forefront of everyone's mind in the coming years.